Devastating floods hit the Houghton area over the weekend. Damaged roadways and buildings caused Snyder to declare a disaster. Anyone who's been to that part of the UP knows that there are only so many roads in and out of there, making recovery more difficult.
Then tragic news came out yesterday - 12 year old Thatcher Markham, who had been transported to our beloved Motts for injuries he sustained during the flood, passed away. His own father had pulled him out of the collapsed basement and performed CPR.
Right now, a lot of relief agencies are asking for clean-up supplies like rakes, shovels, buckets, gloves and volunteer time. I'm hoping to make it up there Saturday but my wife is 2 weeks away from the due date of our first child. At least one guy from my fire dept (Negaunee) is going.
If any of you guys can help, it would be greatly appreciated. 906-233-6621 or there are gofundme sites:
For the family of Thatcher Markham:
As a bonus, if any of you make the trek I'll gladly buy you a UP beer of your choice (or maple syrup if you don't drink).